I've been to Slovenia twice before and I absolutely loved it for many reasons. My wife and I have already seen:
- Bled / Vintgar
- Bohinj / Vogel / Slap Savica
- Triglav National Park / Vrsic Pass / Soca valley / Slap Kozjak
- Postojna caves
- Skocjan caves
- Piran / Izola / Sečovlje salt-pans / Portoroz
We've been to some of these things twice actually. We're thinking about going to Slovenia again because we love the country.
Maribor is on our to-visit list and should be fun. But other than that, what things (particularly in the east of Slovenia as we haven't been to that area) should we go see?
Slovenian here, originally from Velenje, grew up in Celje. Both cities are within one hour drive from Maribor, both cities have pretty cool castles but you can spend max two hours on any of these sights before you get bored. Ptuj is the oldest city in Slovenia so you can be certain you will see some old cool stuff there. City of Laško has a very good fine dining restaurant on the castle called Pavus if you are into that sort of thing. East of the country has a lot of spas but you will mostly find old drunk russians there. Certian hills are known for good quality wine. If you have any specific questions, fire away.
Good vinyards are always welcome! Would be great to visit some. I had an amazing bottle of Kristancic last time I was there.
Anything involving wildlife and hiking is nice too.
You have Pohorje to the west of Maribor, which is a popular hiking spot in the summer and there is a nice trail between the cities of Slovenj Gradec and Maribor. It is about 75km long and If you are feeling fit, you can do it in two days but most people take three or four days to make it. You have many cottages along the way so you can spend the night for little money, food can be a bit expensive so it is advisable to bring your own. You can also check out a hill called Boč, where on a good day the sights are amazing. Can't really recommend any specific vineyards but the hills around Maribor, Slovenske Konjice and Ljutomer have many of them.
Hey, I've been thinking for a while. How could I live in Slovenia? My preferences are as warm as possible in the winter and cheap. So rural is fine, but maybe not on top of a mountain. Any suggestions?
(Sorry, to hijack your thread OP, at least it's a bump.)
The only place that comes to mind is the Istria region. Obviously the closer you are to the sea, the more expensive is the housing.